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Kesler ‘still in shock’ about Canucks being swept

May 9, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

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While Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis said there will be significant changes after a stunning first-round sweep by the San Jose Sharks, players continued to try to pick up the pieces from a “lost year” on Thursday.

Ryan Kesler told the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma that he’s still coming to grips with what happened to a team he believed in.

“I have faith management is going to find the right pieces,” Kesler said. “I want to win now. We shouldn’t be done. I’m still in shock.”

Kesler and other teammates took blame of the defeats rather than heaping it on head coach Alain Vigneault (like many fans and pundits have).

“The coaches got us prepared and we’re not going to put the blame on them,” Kesler said. “We’re big boys. It was our discipline.”

It sounds like Kesler and other Canucks want a chance to show that this group’s window hasn’t closed, but a lot can change during this summer (and perhaps next season).

  1. aldog83 - May 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    If he was shocked this year……..

    What about losing in 5 with the Best record in the league last year….

    And imagine his shock next year when Vancouver loses 1st RD again!

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      IF they make the playoffs next season

  2. mp1131211 - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Why anyone still cares about this team is beyond me. They’re a guaranteed flop every year.

    • mp1131211 - May 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Because of their arrogance, none the less

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Well, the good news is at least they have their goaltending situation solved and ready to go for next season.

  4. sanjosecupcrazy - May 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM


    You’ll take it and you’ll like it, you piece of crap. Grab a piece of couch and watch us in the second round, LOSER.

    • hawksin5 - May 10, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      Let’s cool it down there, SJ. The way I see it, you will face the hawks or the ducks next round. I’d put good money down saying either of those teams put YOUR boys on the couch after.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - May 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        ……and if they do, Vancouver can sit there after getting swept and watch us.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - May 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        It really must suck as a fanbase to know that every….. single…. team’s…….in the NHL HATES you. No one wants to see anything good happen to you and everyone takes great joy in watching you lose. Like the follow-up comment below, there are a lot of people who are ecstatic that you guys got swept. Count me as one of them. Well deserved.

  5. ironmike778 - May 10, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Still basking in the glow of Vancouver being swept. LMAO! Highlight of the year so far.

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